Jervis Bay

With its white sand beaches, sparkling blue waters and abundance of wildlife, Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast is a popular seaside escape. In this coastal paradise in the Shoalhaven region, swim in crystal clear waters, spot dolphins and whales on a wildlife cruise, and enjoy excellent water sports.

Jervis Bay is home to two national parks, as well as Jervis Bay Marine Park, a haven for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins, sea dragons and migrating whales. For spectacular views, head to Point Perpendicular Lighthouse on the northern tip of the bay and Cape St George Lighthouse on the southern side.

Mother and daughter kayaking along Sailors Beach near Moona Moona Creek in Huskisson, Jervis Bay

Explore the charming seaside towns and villages scattered around Jervis Bay, from Callala Bay in the north to Huskisson, Vincentia and Hyams Beach spreading south around the bay. Jervis Bay Village is the southern gateway to Booderee National Park, a peaceful spot full of beautiful white sand beaches and native wildlife.

Join dolphin and whale-watching cruises from Huskisson. Or stroll along some of the whitest sands in the world on the White Sands Walk, which begins in Vincentia. Murrays Beach is a seaside jewel in Booderee National Park, perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling. There is also a boat ramp at Murrays Beach.

Family enjoying a day of exploring at Caves Beach in Jervis Bay

Discover a fascinating underwater world with Dive Jervis Bay and Crest Diving. Join kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing and fishing tours. Spot kangaroos on walking trails in Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park, where Aboriginal rangers lead tours through the Booderee Botanic Gardens.

You’ll find plenty of amazing things to do in Jervis Bay, which is less than three hours’ drive from Sydney and Canberra. Accommodation options in Jervis Bay include seaside cottages, holiday homes and beachside campgrounds at Green Patch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach.

Things to Do and Places to Stay

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Jervis Bay FAQs

How far is Jervis Bay from Sydney?

Jervis Bay is along the coast 140km from Sydney, although to drive you’ll need to travel almost 200km. The drive takes a little over 3 hours, and there are also bus and train options available.

What is Jervis Bay popular for?

Jervis Bay is popular for its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, national parks and wildlife, including whale and dolphin watching. Summer is a great time to visit for a beach holiday, while from May to November whales visit the marine sanctuary. Hyams Beach, on the south side of Jervis Bay, is said to have the whitest sand in the world.

Are there sharks at Jervis Bay?

There is lots of marine life in the waters off Jervis Bay, including some kinds of shark, but the danger to humans is very small. There has never been a recorded shark attack in the Booderee National Park, which includes Jervis Bay. As an added precaution, check for local shark sightings and pay attention to shark warnings when visiting beaches.

Can you swim in Jervis Bay?

Jervis Bay is known for its white sandy beaches and is a safe place to swim. The bay is fairly sheltered so there is little swell, making it an ideal spot for a family beach holiday.

Is Jervis Bay NSW or ACT?

Geographically Jervis Bay is a part of the Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast. However politically, the south head of the bay (including Jervis Bay village) is technically a part of the ACT and is administered by the ACT government. The Jervis Bay Territory was given to the ACT by NSW in 1915, to give the new territory access to the ocean. Even though it is a separate territory, there are no border controls and you might not even notice you have crossed over.

How do you get to Jervis Bay?

Jervis Bay is approximately 3 hours’ drive from both Sydney and Canberra. You can also travel by train from Sydney, and by bus from either Sydney or Canberra.